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Structural Bases for Substrate and Inhibitor Recognition by Matrix Metalloproteinases

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Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of zinc-dependent endopeptidases which are involved in the proteolytic processing of several components of the extracellular matrix. As a consequence, MMPs are implicated in several physiological and pathological processes, like skeletal growth and remodelling, wound healing, cancer, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis, raising a very widespread interest toward this class of enzymes as potential therapeutic targets. Here, structure-function relationships are discussed to highlight the role of different MMP domains on substrate/inhibitor recognition and processing and to attempt the formulation of advanced guidelines, based on natural substrates, for the design of inhibitors more efficient in vivo.
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Keywords: Enzyme-inhibitor recognition; Enzyme-substrate recognition; Matrix metalloproteinases; Structural bases

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Colosseum Combinatorial Chemistry Centre for Technology (C4T S.C.a r.l.), Via della Ricerca Scientifica s.n.c, I-00133 Roma, Italy.

Publication date: 2008-09-01

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